I recently taught myself how to embroider in order to do this dress. I used an amazing book that has great instructions and images, if your interested it's called The Embroider's Handbook by Margie Bauer. I did lattice smocking on the yoke of the dress.
I found a pattern online for the embroidery that I modified on my computer (it was originally for a corner, so with some fancy cutting and pasting and blowing up, I got a nice edge pattern).
I must say, for my first go at embroidery, I'm pretty happy. I did some pretty basic stitches, namely satin stitching, colonial knots (center of roses), stem stitching, and fly stitches (for the leaves).
And I made it big enough for her to keep wearing for a few months (in fact, she wore it to church last Sunday). I also didn't want to do the traditional all white thing because if I was going to go to so much effort I wanted to get a lot of wear out of it. Here she is wearing it for her blessing, being loved by my friend Tiffanie.
I love my life. I have a wonderful husband and beautiful daughter, terrific parents, in-laws, brothers, friends, and extended family. I've had fantastic experiences thus far and look forward to having more. I have the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life and I love it.